Congo (Democratic Republic of the)
We have been invited by the Covenant Church of Congo (CEUM) to join them in their ministries to the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). With more than 208,000 members, the CEUM works in the northwest part of the country and includes the capital city of Kinshasa. The CEUM’s ministries include evangelism, church growth, discipleship, pastoral training, development, men’s and women’s ministries, printing and communication, mission, Christian education, medical work with five hospitals and ninety-three clinics, and schools for more than 80,000 students.
From 1937 until 1997, Covenant World Mission’s efforts in Africa meant working in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 1997, civil war resulted in the evacuation of all Covenant missionaries. Evacuations due to civil war or unrest occurred in 1960, 1964, 1991, and 1997. In 2000, as peace returned to the area, Covenant missionaries started to make visits. After this time of visits, several missionaries lived there for extended periods, working with CEUM ministries, Paul Carlson Partnership project management, and mission trips. Between 2006 and the summer of 2010, there was no resident missionary presence, but missionaries met regularly with CEUM leaders and partnership continued with the Covenant Church of Congo. Since 2010, the CEUM has resident Covenant missionaries to work alongside the CEUM’s gifted church leadership.